- Andre Schurrle has lashed out at former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho
- The 29-year-old retired football star labeledPortuguese manager 'brutal' after spending two years under his management
- Schurrle announced his retirement from football earlier this year
Former Chelsea midfielder Andre Schurrle has attacked Jose Mourinho, saying he almost pushed to early retirement.
The retired football star described the 57-year-old as 'brutal' - claiming the Portuguese almost made him lose self-confidence.
Mourinho signed the German from Bayer Leverkusen in 2013 during his second spell at Stamford Bridge but left for Wolfsburg two years later.
Schurrle announced his retirement from professional football in July 2020 after parting ways with Borussia Dortmund on mutual consent. He told German TV host Joko Winterscheidt in a Youtube interview according to SunSport:
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"Jose Mourinho is a brutal guy. I always wondered to myself, just what was he doing?
"How could he treat me the way he did, and just what did he do to people? In hindsight, I realise what he wanted to do, and how he worked to achieve it."
The 29-year-old added that he could not understand what the former Real Madrid boss wanted as he would drive home thinking his career was over even before it started.
"It was extremely difficult for me at times. I often drove home after having a conversation with him thinking I couldn't take it anymore.”
During his two year reign at the Bridge, Schurrle scored 14 goals in 65 appearances for the London club. He was also a part of the German team that won the 2014 World Cup. The ex-winger continued:
"What could I do? He exerted extreme pressure on me. I felt he wanted to push me on. But, all the same, he put some thoughts into my mind that were hard to deal with.
"Before I even joined Chelsea I played in Michael Ballack's farewell game [in June 2013], and Mourinho was coaching my team.
"He told me I had better score twice, or else he would loan me out to Southampton. I didn't know whether he was joking or not.
"I would often start games for Chelsea and he'd sub me off at half-time. The next game I wouldn't even be in the squad, but instead, be sat in the stand.
"At the time I couldn't understand why, and I lost my sense of self-worth. It damaged my ego.
"Then I started to wonder what Mourinho was thinking about me in training. I thought I was the only player he was keeping an eye on, but that probably wasn't the case.
"But at times it felt like there was someone watching me and thinking, ‘You're s***’."
Legit.ng earlier reported that former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has described his relationship with Jose Mourinho as that of a 'Kindergarten' before his retirement.
The Frenchman was in charge of the North Londoners for over two decades - winning three Premier Leagues and other silverware.
He has since his retirement in 2018 embarked on developmental projects with the world football governing body, FIFA.
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